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Between the Mets and the Jets today, nothing makes sense — and I’m happier than a kid in a candy store. The New York Mets pulled off an unlikely 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians through the strength of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Justin Turner, and Eric Young. …Yeah, what?
Matsuzaka was masterful early, as he didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. He finished with six innings pitched and only one run allowed — a run that crossed that plate via Vic Black. Matsuzaka was removed in favor of Black after he was drilled by a liner that left the bases loaded with two outs. Black nailed Asdrubal Cabrera accidentally and forced in a run, but he got out of the jam after that. Daisuke allowed just three hits and three walks, while striking out six batters. The Mets bullpen pieced together the win the rest of the way, with Pedro Feliciano and the unlikeliest of heros — Frank Francisco. Calling him a hero is definitely pushing it, but he induced a double-play with the bases loaded to keep the ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Remember when Lastings Milledge was a thing? Fernando Martinez?
Me neither. That was like, so mid-2000s. Well these aren’t your grandfathers New York Mets, and this isn’t Omar Minaya’s farm system. This is Sandy Alderson’s team and his fingerprints are all over an improved minor league pipeline and an added emphasis on player development.
So say what you want about how he...
The Mets announced that they have called up outfielder Mike Baxter, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and catcher Juan Centeno, following Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Indians. All three had been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas before they were eliminated from the postseason play on Saturday night.
Baxter, has seen some time this season with the Mets and has a .208/.325/.277 in 120...
It was the only game of the year with a four man umpiring crew the entire season in Binghamton. By the end of the night, Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez and his B-Met baseball team and some 4,000 Binghamton fans pined for the return of a three-man crew, or perhaps the two-man officiating teams used to arbitrate a college game, or even the one-man in blue who called a game in yesteryear...
The old guard of baseball analysts love to cite a player’s confidence as an explanation of his recent performance. When a player is going well, it’s because he’s confident; and when he’s struggling, he lacks confidence.
The fact that this still passes for legitimate baseball analysis in the year 2013 is confounding and a little sad.
As I wrote some months ago, clustering...
Las Vegas 3, Salt Lake 2
The Las Vegas 51s avoided elimination today in their Pacific Coast League championship series against visiting Salt Lake, beating the Bees 3-2 when closer Cory Wade recorded a strikeout with two runners on base for the final out.
In the first two games of the series at Salt Lake, Las Vegas dropped one-run decisions with the winning run for the Bees scoring...
With pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard rising through the minor leagues and dominating along the way, the hype surrounding those at the top has blocked out some of the performances of lesser-known prospects, even with a fanbase as critical and attentive as the Mets’. Last week, Vinny took a look at some of the most underrated hitters in the Met system. Let’s...
Congratulations to Las Vegas 51s right fielder Mike Baxter for being awarded with the MMN Player of the Week honors.
When I think about Mike, the first thing that comes to my mind is a “Journeyman”. That is what I think of when I look at Mike’s current career. Especially since he has spent time in the majors, playing well and contributing some key hits for the Mets, then moving...
Las Vegas 51s
The 51s clinched the PCL Southern division title with an 81-63 record, the second-best mark in the league. However, they couldn’t get out of the first round of the playoffs, and their season is over. They lost to the Salt Lake Bees in four games, winning their only game in the series at home. It was still a successful season for Wally Backman‘s club, who made the...
Trenton 3, Binghamton 0
The Binghamton Mets were shut out by the Trenton Thunder, 3-0 in game three of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. They were swept in the series by the Thunder, and were eliminated from the postseason.
After four scoreless innings to start the game, Trenton scored against Logan Verrett in the top of the fifth inning....
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy for Scott Kazmir last night. I’ve always been one of those old school fans that quickly forms a bond with our players and look at them as part of my extended Mets family. I hate to see the Mets lose, but last night wasn’t as painful. I sort of felt like a proud father watching Kazmir pitch the game of his life, even if it came against...
Eric Young's two-out double in the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a 2-1 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, ending the Indians' four-game winning streak and putting a temporary halt to their playoff push.
Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down...
How times have changed.
The New York Mets took Scott Kazmir with their first pick in the 2002 draft, but traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays with Jose Diaz for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano in 2004. He went on to two All-Star appearances and helped the Rays to their first American League Championship.
Now a full year removed from his stint with the independent Sugar Land...